Local carers' centres are independent charities that offer practical support, advice and information for you as carer in your local area – either by phone, drop-in or outreach surgeries.
Find a carers' centre
Your GP, district nurse, health visitor or social worker can put you in touch with a carers' centre. You don't need to be referred – you can just drop in during opening hours.
Find your local carers' centre Choose your local area Aberdeen VSA Carers' Centre Aberdeenshire - Quarriers Carer Support Service Angus Carers' Centre Argyll and Bute - Dochas Argyll and Bute - Helensburgh Argyll and Bute - North Argyll Carers Clackmannanshire - Central Carers' Centre Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Dumfries and Galloway Carers' Centre Dundee Carers' Centre East Ayrshire Carers' Centre East Dunbartonshire Carers' Link East Lothian - Carers of East Lothian East Renfrewshire Carers' Centre Edinburgh - CarersNet Falkirk - Central Carers' Centre Fife Carers' Centre Glasgow East End Community Carers Glasgow North East Carers' Centre South West Glasgow Carers' Centre Glasgow South East Carers' Centre West Glasgow Carers' Centre Highland Community Care Forum Carers' Centre Inverclyde Carers' Centre Midlothian Carers' Centre (CarersNet) Moray - Quarriers Carer Support Service North Ayrshire Carers' Centre Lanarkshire Carers' Centre North Lanarkshire Carers Together Orkney - Crossroads Caring for Carers Perth & Kinross Carers' Centre Renfrewshire Carers' Centre Scottish Borders Carers' Centre Shetland - Voluntary Action Shetland South Ayrshire Carers' Centre South Lanarkshire Carers' Network Stirling Carers' Centre West Dunbartonshire - Carers of West Dumbartonshire West Lothian - Carers of West Lothian
website to see what carers' centres and other local support can be found near you.
What help can I get at a carers' centre?
Carers' centres can help you with:
information and advice – on things like
benefits, training, short breaks, support services and advocacy
emotional support – talk with trained staff, volunteers and other carers who understand your situation
community consultation – giving carers a unified voice to have an impact on local, regional and national decision-making
activities for yourself – including time out from caring, breaks, relaxation therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy your own social life
Your local carers' centre may also provide
training on subjects like:
finding your way around the care system
protecting yourself from harm, stress or depression
finding time and space for yourself
dealing with challenging behaviour
planning for the future
Carers Scotland gives information on carers' rights and advice on practical and financial matters.
Carers Trust Scotland provides a network of support centres, including projects to help young carers.
MECOPP Carers Centre provides services to black and minority ethnic carers and communities.